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Why child support orders often differ from estimates

One of the many things parents desire for their children is predictability. Avoiding nasty surprises and maintaining a stable living condition is a difficult proposition when facing divorce, and it turns out that child support calculators will not help much in the matter. They are capable of returning by-the-book values based on a few critical pieces of information covered in state family laws, but the calculators that appear on Virginia and other state websites are incapable of predicting judicial decisions regarding the best interests of the child in specific circumstances.

What happens to child support following emancipation

If a Virginia parent is required to pay child support, they are usually responsible for payments until their situation changes or the child becomes emancipated. A child usually becomes emancipated when they reach age of majority, which is 18 years of age in the state of Virginia.

How to keep children safe after a divorce

If Virginia custodial parents in Virginia feel as if their children are in danger when around their ex-spouse, it is an issue that should be raised. In any child custody matter, the law places a premium on meeting the best interest of the child. Typically, a judge will also investigate allegations of domestic violence or any other information that may be relevant before granting custody or visitation to a parent.

Good reasons to get a prenuptial agreement

Prenuptial agreements may be a practical way for Virginia residents or others to negotiate divorce terms before a marriage event takes place. While it may not seem romantic, it can provide a safety net in the event of a divorce, annulment or death. Statistics from the CDC indicate that roughly 50 percent of marriages end in a divorce, and prenuptial agreement may resolve child custody or alimony issues while both sides are thinking rationally.

Electronic data may be reviewed during divorce proceedings

The Internet is a popular and frequently utilized communication channel. Thus, information sent across the Web or stored on a cloud server can become a key factor in major life events, including marriage, separation and divorce. Virginia couples who are facing the end of a marriage should use caution regarding the information they send over the Internet to avoid complications during the divorce process.

Child support improves children's lives

Although every single parent in Virginia may not be married, all noncustodial parents should contribute to their children's financial and emotional care. Research indicates that the majority of children who are raised in a single-parent home encounter more financial hardships than those raised in a two-parent home. The lack of financial support can take a toll on the custodial non-married parent, particularly with handling the daily responsibilities of raising children.

Child support may include private school tuition.

When Virginia parents go through a divorce, the non-custodial parent will often be ordered by the court to pay child support to the custodial parent. Although Virginia has established guidelines that calculate an amount bases upon certain listed factors, courts have some discretion in this regard, and in some cases a share of private school tuition might be added to the basic award.

Spousal support ends for woman in same-sex relationship

Based on a May 2 decision by the Virginia Supreme Court, same-sex relationships in the state will be given the same status as heterosexual relationships. Although gay marriage has been legal in Virginia since 2014, two lower courts had ruled that a man had to continue paying spousal support to his ex-wife despite the fact that she was engaged to a woman who she was living with.

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